(Delmarvanow.com) -- The Eastern Shore News' Bank of Cheer received a number of generous donations during Thanksgiving week but remains well short of its goal of providing around 200 holiday food boxes, with just a few weeks left before delivery day.
This year marks the 57th annual Bank of Cheer.
The annual Bank of Cheer campaign aims to deliver some 200 boxes of food in Accomack and Northampton counties to some of the Eastern Shore's less fortunate residents in mid-December, in time for recipients to prepare for Christmas.
"We would like to thank those who have made donations already," said Laura Trala, operations manager for the Eastern Shore News. Trala coordinates the annual Bank of Cheer drive.
"However, we have a goal to meet and we hope to add substantially to the total, so that our less-fortunate neighbors can enjoy Christmas," she said.
Many readers of the News and community organizations make a donation to the Bank of Cheer an annual holiday tradition.
Monetary donations can be brought to the News office at 25 Market St. in Onancock or mailed to Bank of Cheer, 25 Market St., Onancock, VA 23417.
Unless donors request anonymity, the News publishes the names of those donating to the Bank of Cheer drive in the paper. Donations also may specify if the gift is given in memory or in honor of an individual.
All money collected goes toward filling the boxes, donated by the Hickman family of Dublin Farms in Horntown, with food — typically including a turkey or ham, canned meats and vegetables and staples.
Members of several community organizations, students from area high schools and News staffers deliver the filled boxes to homes across the community.
The Foodbank of the Eastern Shore in Tasley provides the base of operations for delivery day and assistance transporting food.
Recipients are selected by community leaders around the Eastern Shore, who confer with ministers, organizations and employees of Social Services departments to determine the families who most need help.
Members of the News staff have no input into the selection of recipients and applications for Bank of Cheer packages will not be taken at the News office.
Donations made to the 2017 Bank of Cheer to date:
Given in memory of Laurence and Joan Trala, by their family
Craddockville United Methodist Church, United Methodist Men's Club
Woody & Ruth Gaskins
A. Thomas and Page Young
Leatherbury Methodist Church, Leatherbury Ladies Aide
Joan and George Bryan
In honor of our grandchildren, Walker, Parker and Nick, given by Shirley Hutchinson
Doris and Perry Whitley Jr.
Winston and Lou Ella Henderson
Steve and Donna Doan
Herman and Laurice Hohlt
Bill and Claudia Bagwell